Scraps of wood salvaged off New Zealand’s coast probably come from a Dutch ship built in the early 1700s, a study based on carbon dating, tree rings and historical research reports. The recovered vessel is the country’s oldest-known shipwreck — dating more than 50 years before Captain James Cook’s landing — and hints at a 'space race' among colonial powers to reach the remote isles.
Mysterious Shipwreck May Rewrite History Of Island Nation
Scraps of wood salvaged off New Zealand's coast probably came from a Dutch ship built in the early 1700s (carbon dated),50 years before Capt. Cook's landing. Dutch explorer Abel Tasman put New Zealand on the map in 1642 but never landed so Cook got the credit (1769). Exploration by Europeans was rampant but nothing has been written or found in these 130 intervening years...This is indicative of an example that didn't return home.